Obstetrics / Vaginal delivery

Overdistention of bladder

Overdistention of bladder following vaginal delivery

Success story

Dina was 31 when she underwent forceps delivery of her first child in February 2005. A few days later presented with a distended lower abdomen, and an ultrasound scan found the bladder to be over-distended. She subsequently required management with an indwelling urinary catheter and then a suprapubic catheter. Dina alleged negligence on behalf of the maternity department. PMS Expert Report concluded that Dina was at high risk of developing urinary retention following delivery of her baby, and that there was no negligence in the delivery. The diagnosis and management of her urinary retention lead to a week long delay in instituting effective treatment, but this was in no way related to the maternity department. The case was not pursued any further.

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